ColegauCymru welcomes WG commitments to all age degree and higher level training

1 December 2016

As Education Secretary, Kirsty Williams, announced the Welsh Government’s response to the Diamond Review, ColegauCymru has given its backing to the promise of flexible support that will benefit Wales’ learners and employers when they are implemented in 2018.

In responding to the changes announced as part of the response to the Diamond Review, Further Education colleges will be able to help students take advantage of the opportunities that flexible learning provides.

The new higher education funding regime will allow future students to choose to study via part time or full time FE routes or via the Open University in a way which has not been available under existing provision. As well as the commitment to a universal as well as a progressive entitlement other key pledges such as 30 hours of free childcare a week were welcomed as a way to give students the flexibility to make higher level studies work for them.

Judith Evans, Chair of ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and Principal of Coleg y Cymoedd said, “This new package of support will allow individuals to study around the reality of their everyday lives and not lose out on the option of higher level study.

“A learning Wales is a thriving Wales. In light of the changes, which are overdue, we urge learners to take a look at what a Higher Education route via an FE institution can offer them in terms of flexibility, finance and ultimately their skills and ambitions for the future.

“Our priority within the FE sector is to ensure the best outcomes for the individual irrespective of the structures and schemes that are currently in place. We are particularly encouraged to see that Professor Diamond and the Welsh Government have listened and responded positively to the views of FE.”

Judith Evans added, “We welcome the commitment from the Welsh Government to upskill the workforce in Wales as part of a lifelong learning

agenda. We would encourage individuals and employers to engage with your local college today to learn about their HE in FE opportunities.”